Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2017 12:37 pm


Date Joined: May 19, 2016
Last Online: February 27, 2017
Birthday: June 10, 1977
Country: Germany
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About Me

Greetings from Germany! I joined this site because I make mail art, and I need people to send it to! I hope to receive mail art or goodies with which to make mail art in return. I am also a real life scientist with a laser and everything. Some of my hobbies:

**Mail art

**Pottery, including kiln-building

**Reading aloud

**Learning languages (including new curse words)

**Ornithology ( I cannot say which bird I love the most. At the top of the list are: graylag goose, herring gull, raven, pigeon, blackbird, cormorant, common redshanks, greenfinch, albatross, robin, Eurasian curlew... actually, all of them. I wish I could lay their eggs.) Birds! But not birdcages.

**Local tourism (within cycling distance)

**Drinking whisky and eating cheese

**Cross-dressing (I welcome gender-subversive images but despise transphobia)

**Collecting fossils

**Visiting art museums

If you're not sure what to write, why not tell me about that great project you keep meaning to start/finish? You never know: it might give you the push you need to realise it! I am always interested in your local industries or handicrafts, especially ceramic and textile art. People tend to think their region has nothing to offer. I have heard this many times from my fellow Europeans, and I think USAians are the same. I'm sure you're wrong! And maybe this is your chance to find out more about your culture, whatever you define "yours" to be. My current town, for example, is a good place for tattooing and knotting (it's a seedy port town) as well as beer brewing.

Other regions in which I have lived were variously (locally) famous for: wine, beer, pewter, love-spoons, papercut silouhettes, coal-carving, lace-making, embroidery, spinning, yodeling, horse-breeding, rope-making, earthernware/fayence and dyeing. Yet in every one of these places, people denied that there was anything interesting going on in the region.

I once met a young man who said his tiny, conservative Bavarian village was the most boring place on earth (and I tend to agree), and it later turned out that he was was a Vorplattler (professional thigh-slapper) competing at world-class level! Ah, those Bavarians! So what are the people of your region up to behind closed doors?

I don't collect anything! No, no, that would just be accumulating stuff. Ahem. So, things I am definitely not collecting (cough, cough) are: images of craftspeople, feminist/womanist stuff, your interesting anecdotes, puns and sayings. If you send me those things, I will be very happy and will by no means be accumulating them, stroking them and giving them nicknames. Nor will I put them in tins and sort them into piles. No way. That would just be materialistic and silly. Which I am not. Glad we established that!

Favorite Books

Dictionaries, encyclopediae, maps, blueprints, the entire non-fiction section of the library.

Swappers with special needs...

I make almost everything out of scrap and leftovers, which I think gives it a rough-and-rugged recycling charm. If you are in a swap with me and have special needs, be they sensory, OCD, whatever, let me know and I will be glad make your post out of fresh, smooth, new paper. If you are visually impaired, please let me know and I will joyfully make you a textured card or one with strong visual contrast.

I use vegetable-based glues and mineral-based pigment, but I occasionally use leather, feathers or wool. If you prefer me to make something vegetarian/vegan, I will be happy to do so.

I want to make you happy, so I will be delighted to accept your needs unquestioningly.

Favorite Crafts

Ceramics, recycling, papercutting, printmaking, drawing and sketching, collage, calligraphy, bookbinding, embroidery, woodburning, assembling junk, building giant evil lasers with which to take over the world, you name it! Favourite textures: Paper, textile, wood, leather, stone, feathers, fur, rusty iron, peeling paint, brick, string.

I collect postcards and photographs of craftspeople and their workshops.

Secret career wish

I l o v e being a physicist. But I secretly wish I were one of those people that make maquettes for museums. I would be dead good at that.

I would also love to be a cheese-maker, a whisky distiller or a dry-stone waller.

If I could have one wish granted, I think I would like to experience life in a rock pool.

I have a huge weakness for...

Dutch/Flemish still-life, trompe l'oeil and vanitas paintings of the "Golden" century. Especially those with tulips, half-peeled lemons and oysters. Do you know the ones I mean?

Zoological and botanical collections, like insects pinned on cards, owl pellets, birds' eggs, pressed seaweed, wasps' nests, shed skins and the like. Xylotheks - wood libraries, like the Schildbach xylothek in Kassel.

European romanesque and gothic Catholic art: painting, sculpture, architecture, reliquaries, psalters. Slavic and Byzantine orthodox Christian art. Islamic calligraphy and tesselations. Religious art in general.

Arctic and seamen's art: scrimshaw, bone and antler sculpture, toys and clothing made of sealskin or fish leather, bone ships, knotwork, beading and ropework.

Ceramics ancient and modern. Art, traditional, domestic, industrial, medicinal, achitectural, brickmaking: all of it! Kiln building, glaze recipes, techniques and tools, potters: anything! Turkey, Ecuador, Denmark, Iran, Mali, China, Pakistan: Everywhere!

Textiles: Indonesian batik, Central European Blaudruck (indigo), Hebridean tweed, Baltic/Belarussian woven belts, Japanese woodblock print, Tyrolean felt.

Scientific images: microscopy, MRI, x-ray, diffraction patterns, circuit diagrams, the periodic table, telescopy, seismographs, cloud chamber patterns.

Special requests

Please write to me in English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans or French. If you write your return address in a non-latin script, please use your very best and simplest lettering. I will copy it verbatim, you see. If you are sending a bought card, I would like it best if it is stamped and written on.

Please don't send me anything to do with Hallowe'en, Christmas or St. Valentine's day. I just don't like it. I've tried, but I don't. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Of course, if I join a swap with these themes: bring it on! I'm nothing if not inconsistent.

Unless I join a goodies swap, please don't send me anything but the swap item(s), and possibly a note. I know you mean well, but my drawer is full!

If you send humour, please punch up, not down. I really don't like cute, kitsch, bling or pin-up. I hated colouring books even as a child.

In case I join a goodies swap: please don't send me anything to eat or drink, no cosmetics or jewellery and nothing scented. I love scrap paper and recycling. I don't like pretty-pretty: so please send me your old, sun-damaged, torn or foxed paper, card, envelopes, used stamps and old office supplies (not scrapbooking paper from the craft shop). If you think it's too old or damaged or grubby or creased for a swap and it's at the bottom of your "can't bring myself to throw it away" drawer: please send it to me, you will make my day! Don't be shy, I won't mark you down! Please don't send me plastic unless it's something you would otherwise throw out. I like to be biodegradeable. I'm chill with religious images and greetings. In fact, I like them! But please don't mission.


I thought I'd put a little something here for my fellow stamp swappers. Science, technology and medicine, please! I love stamps with a limited colour palette and a strong graphical component. Often the definitives of republics fit that description (Poland and the Czech Republic have lovely definitives), as well as Europa/CEPT and human rights motifs, but I'm not keen on portrait stamps or photographic ones. I like bridges, oil rigs, oil refineries... anything like that. I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I'll repeat that, because I've been getting a lot of them: I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I love the USA pottery and mineral stamps and the Dutch Luchtpost-bicycle. Newfound love: Singaporean "vanishing trades".

In other words: please send me your pots and science!

I don't send out "third Reich" stamps. I know some people like to collect them and I understand that. Sorry!

Postage times

Deutsche Post is brilliant! (Thanks, Postie!) However, the world is big. Average times (from my Postcrossing experience): Germany - 2 days; BeNeLux and Austria - 5 days; Finland, France, Poland - 9 days; USA (city) - 15 days; USA (rural) - 21 days; Hong Kong and Taiwan - 16 days; China (city) - 24 days; China (rural) - 60 days; Moscow and St. Petersburg - 12 days; West Russia and the Urals - 35 days; Russia East of the Urals - 60 days and upwards; India - 40 days.

Thank you

Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read this and think about what might please me. Be assured that your post will make me smile!

Yours sincerely, Sonia (SuMay)


qbee rated for FCMA: Mail Art Alphabet "B" on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: thank you, Debbie
mrsD rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #3 on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: gorgeous rainbow stamps on a gorgeous envelope! no worries everything was wonderful! thanks for a great swap with fun postcards and stamps too xo
Response: Phew, that's a relief. Thank you for the heart.
mgallardo68 rated for WIYM: exciting news! on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Love your postcard and what an exciting adventure you're about to have! I can't wait to read more about the experience!! Enjoy it, I know you love new things!! Thank you for a detailed explanation and all the art mail in the PC! Hugs and Good luck!!
Response: Thanks for your rating, Mariá. I can't wait!
deesides rated for What Are You Reading? on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous card! Your handwriting is so tiny yet beautiful and readable, I am in awe! Interesting books, too, I also have multiple books at hand at the same time :D
Response: Thanks for your rating. Yes, I think most of us are parallel readers. The Penrose is quite a slog, but it's full of all sorts of great insights.
Comment: I get super excited about receiving stamp swaps...this lovely envelope however went above and beyond. It's in my top favorite swaps I've received!! 💜💛💙💚❤️ This envelope was such a joy to see in my mailbox!! I adore the map punches and the adorable ink stamps used to decorate and even a crab sticker!!! Love love love....and that's just the outside!! Now the inside was just an adventure to be had!!! Not only did you personalize the selection of stamps, the two postcards that you included were just so neat!!! I loved reading about the Austrian central post offices small toy sorting machine!!! (for children?! Bah!!) if I ever make it to Vienna, this place is on my to do list!!!! Thank you for sharing your postal nerdness with me!! And for sending such a lovely swap 💕
Response: You are very kind, thank you for your effusive praise! I'm very glad you enjoyed the stamps I chose for you. 7 doesn't occur often, does it?
sarah210 rated for Ecrivons une carte postale, no. 2 on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: This was a beautiful card and I loved your handwriting! Thank you so much!
Response: Merci à toi, aussi!
mrcrow rated for Winter bird count on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all of the pictures to go with the names :)
Response: You're most welcome. Those great-tailed grackles of yours are just gorgeous! I can imagine that they strut around with great self-confidence and grackle amongst themselves. Thank you for the heart.
Juliana89 rated for Poetry by women on Feb 13, 2017
Response: Thank you for the rating.
RockyBeach rated for Sew easy mail art on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: Oh Sonia! Vielen, vielen Dank für deine genähte Wundertüte! Das passt alles so wunderbar zusammen. Die Idee mit der angenähten Feder ist großartig, das werde ich auch mal ausprobieren! Und die tollen Briefmarken... Tausend Dank! <3
Response: Danke für deine Worte! Ich war nervös, deine Adresse gezugen zu haben, denn dein genähtes Mailart ist ja so schön. Ich wollte dich nicht enttäuschen: umso glücklicher bin ich also über das Herz!
Gioiosa rated for Ecrivons une carte postale, no. 2 on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Chère Sonia, merci pour ta carte postale! Qui, nous félicitons Noël le 6 décembre. Je ne pense pas que pour voir le ballet on doit parler russe, on peut lire l'information sur le sujet de performance en anglais dans les bouclettes qû peut acheter au théâtre :) Malheuresement, il y a beacoup de gens qui ne parlent pas l'anglais, mais d'habitude en été il y a des volontaires qui parlent anglais, indiquent le chemin et aident les étrangers. J'espère que tu a passé ton examen de la langue francais et que tu as réussi. Moi, je aussi apprends le francais dans l'académie ou j'étudie, je l'apprends pour ma plaisir, car ce n'est pas la discipline obligatoire. Je crois, que un joir tu visiteras Russie et liras les livres que tu veux lire en Russe. Merci beaucoup pour créer cette échange! Bonne continuation! Marie
Response: Chère Marie (Masha?) Oui, j'ai reussi mes examen et je les ai fêté dans un restaurant francais: délicieus! Merci pour ta participation.
Nevermore rated for Queer mail on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Sorry I forgot to rate you for this!! I loved it, thank you.
Response: Thanks. Has the ugly bug ball invitation reached you, yet?
Lonestarchild rated for Cheep bird overdose! on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: What a wonderful eclectic and recycled envie full of fun bird stuff! Every single piece made me smile! Love it. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm very glad. Thank you for your rating!
BluGinhm rated for Dogs! on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks for resending - I love this postcard! I can't read it, but it is so cute!. I think I'll make a copy of it, so I can put the little chihuahua (I can read that!) together. Thanks so much for resending! And you dream as strange as I do! Thanks again!
Response: Thank you for your rating. I'm not keen on little yappy dogs like chihuahuas, but that postcard is really cute! Why couldn't you read it? Was my handwriting too scrappy, or did I use the wrong language? Sorry about that!
lawchick rated for AMA Sender's Choice-July on Feb 4, 2017
Comment: Oh wow. This mailing completely made my day. I adore all of the stickers you made and your card and amazing cactus envelope are going into my journal. Thank you for offering to resend. I still have hope that someday the original mailing will find its way to my mailbox -- things like that do happen. :) Take care!
Response: Thank you very much for giving me the chance to resend. I really enjoyed making the cactus card and envelope for you, and I hope we'll swap again. Thank you for the heart.
janski48 rated for MFF: Bird on a Heart on Feb 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the very cool heart! I love both sides of it, but I was surprised how nice the side with the bubble wrap turned out. I love reusing and including items meant for other purposes in my projects too! You mentioned owl pellets in your note and our family loves dissecting them too. My son is in Boy Scouts and it was the first time I had ever seen a pellet right around 2010. Since then we have dissected many. Love it! Thanks again for my Bird On a Heart!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. The bubble wrap side is the "front" in my opinion, but I like the idea of having a diurnal and a nocturnal side. I wish you and your son many happy dissections!
Comment: Thanks for the pretty envelope. It was good to hear from you. Happy swapping.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I'm glad you liked the mehndi.
mymymymy rated for Newbies introduce themselves on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: Tks for the maxi PC SuMay! Neat writings of you, liking the facts you shared with me!
Response: Thank you for joining the swap, I'm glad you enjoyed what I sent.
JINANNE rated for Stamp story on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: Sonia, I can't tell you how much I adore your Stamp Story...perfect presentation, delightful stamps, lovely envie. And including the old wedding photos...then TWO fantastic PCs WITH detailed comments explaining them? What can I say? YOU deserve a bouquet of hearts! Thus, I just sent my little carrier pigeon straight to Hamburg carrying a huge basket of red hearts for you. I'm now spoiled....you're the best! Hearts and hugs...jinanne
Response: Thank you so much for your kind rating. It was a great swap idea, wasn't it?
mgallardo68 rated for Mostly Green AMA on Feb 1, 2017
Comment: Oh @SuMay, what a package!!! I just love, love, love everything you have sent me... Each little or big piece is beautiful, full of character!!! Your 'almost' green piece and envie are stunning!!!! Will frame it!!! Thank you soooooo much for a great swap, full of love and care for my tastes!!!! (((((HUGSSSS)))))
Response: Dear Mariá, Always a pleasure to send to you! I'm honoured that you are actually having the greenface framed, thank you! Sonia
Saulute rated for HCSI: Stamped stickers on Feb 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Sonia, so much. Those are wonderful stamped stickers and so many and so varied. I am in love with carrot one. :) And I enjoyed your carving story. :)
Response: I like to stamp the carrot with a caterpillar riding it like it's a rocket!

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sabbysteg on Feb 4, 2017:

Thank you for the card.

beckra on Feb 3, 2017:

Hello, Sonia--Oh, thank you, thank you for the two wonderful pieces of mail! I love the textures of the grey piece, and the visual poem is one of my all-time favorite things I've received in 10 years of mail art exchanges! I am so grateful to have been on the receiving end of your talents.

Monastelar on Jan 19, 2017:

what can i say? Today i got your nice and lovely envelope, full of marvelous Pcs, stickers, photos of dogs. Thanks you so much!!! was really really really nice from your side and i loved!!!

<3 thousands and thousands <3 for you

chabbywabbit on Jan 13, 2017:

I was surprised that i got it so fast too!! I'm still waiting for some of my earlier swaps to arrive from NOV2016...

Thank you so much for thinking of me when you pack the letter!

BubbLeGumGirLie on Jan 7, 2017:

Danke für die Buttons :)! Ich hab mich richtig gefreut deinen Brief in der Post zu finden :)! Ich mag es, wenn Leute spontan an mich denken ;)! <3

bigmamabird on Dec 27, 2016:

Hey! A surprise bird envelope full of fun German ephemera landed on my doorstep today... Thanks! I love it all and am so very impressed with the stamp you've created. Thanks for the swap invite, I'm going to go check it out now... Happiest New Year wishes to you!

Smiley69 on Dec 22, 2016:

I received your piece of writing for the "Image as a Writing Prompt" swap today! Very clever poem...giant invisible dentist with dentures LOL. Thanks for the pretty ephemera too. Merry Christmas 🎄

joybells2426 on Dec 20, 2016:

Hello! I meant to thank you for your reply to my "kicking the beauty habit" swap, but it slipped my mind. So I'm a little late, but thank you for your encouragement. I went to the store and the post office yesterday without makeup, so I'm making progress! Happy Holidays!

naturenerd3 on Dec 10, 2016:

Hi. I just joined your winter bird count swap. I am excited to find another birder here. Thanks for hosting!

kafekafe on Dec 2, 2016:

What a fun piece of mail arrived today - unexpected, pretty and with birds on it! :) Thank you so much for the woodpecker postcard. I'm a huge lover of birds (which you already know) and it's such a beautiful card. We often have woodpecker visitors around the house, but they're never black! I also dig the bird postage stamp and urbber stamps. All in all, an awesome piece of mail that I was happy to receive! Take care xx

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